WARNING, ROADS CLOSED FOR SUMMER: A major road construction project is taking place this summer in the Sylvania perimeter area. Closing the roads to public use is necessary for public safety and will also facilitate the completion of construction activities so that the period of closure can be kept to a minimum. The Road System to Crooked Lake boat landing, Clark Lake boat landing, and the Clark Lake Campground and Day-Use Area will be under construction throughout the entire summer camping season. The road to Clark Lake will be closed until further notice. The road to Crooked Lake will be open until June 15, 2014 then will be closed for the summer. No vehicles will be allowed beyond the Sylvania Entrance Station after June 15. The Clark Lake Campground and Clark Lake Day-Use Building will be closed for the season. No parking will be available at Crooked Lake or Clark Lake boat landings, these areas will be closed. Parking is available at several trailheads in the Sylvania Perimeter Area. Please be aware that parking areas are limited and you may have to change your access points to Sylvania Backcountry campsites. Hiking or portage distances to your desired campsite may increase due to parking availability. For current road closure status, please call the Sylvania Entrance Station 906-358-4404 (open May 15th)or the Ottawa Visitor Center 906-358-4724. The Sylvania Entrance Station will be OPEN for the season and your backcountry camping permits will be available there. We apologize for the inconvenience. For more information and alternate access to your campsites please click here

SYLVANIA WILDERNESS BCTRY CAMP, MI

The Sylvania Wilderness encompasses 18,327 acres of primitive lands and is part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. Visitors can camp in 50 designated campsites within the Sylvania Wilderness. Visitors enjoy endless canoeing, fishing, hiking and wildlife viewing opportunities.The...
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Know Before You Go
  • Special rules apply within the Sylvania Wilderness and must be observed by all visitors;
  • click here for these rules and a detailed map
  • Prior to camping any time between May 15 through Sept 30, visitors are required to handle reservations, fee payment, registration and watch a Leave No Trace video at the Sylvania Entrance Station (Sat-Thu 8:30-5, Fri 8:30-6); call (906) 358-4404 for information
  • A $5/day or $20/season facility pass is required for use of the developed facilities within Sylvania Recreation Area; pass includes parking, as well as hot showers at the Clark Lake Day Use Area
  • Motorized, mechanized or gas-powered vehicles, including portage wheels and bicycles, are not allowed; some exceptions can be made for electric motors by contacting the entrance station
  • Wheelchairs are permitted
  • Be prepared to portage your canoe
  • Before July 15, landing on islands is not allowed in order to protect nesting loons
  • Metal or glass food or beverage containers, including deposit bottles, cans and styrofoam may not be taken into the wilderness
  • Camping is free and open at designated sites outside the reservation season on a first come, first served basis from October 1st through May 14th
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Overview

Overview

The Sylvania Wilderness encompasses 18,327 acres of primitive lands and is part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. Visitors can camp in 50 designated campsites within the Sylvania Wilderness. Visitors enjoy endless canoeing, fishing, hiking and wildlife viewing opportunities.

Natural Features:

The old-growth forests and pristine lakes in the region provide habitat for a wide range of animal and plant life, including rare orchids, bald eagles, loons and osprey. The wilderness contains 34 named lakes, some with sandy beaches and others surrounded by record-size red and white pines.

The Ottawa National Forest is comprised of nearly 1 million acres and is located in the western reaches of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The forest's rolling, forest covered hills extend from the south shore of Lake Superior to the Wisconsin border. Lakes, rivers and waterfalls are found throughout this beautiful landscape.

Recreation:

Sylvania's abundant lakes provide plentiful non-motorized boating, canoeing, kayaking and fishing opportunities. Other popular activities include hiking and viewing wildlife.

Facilities:

Sylvania Wilderness Backcountry Camp is not a physical campground located at one location. The 50 individual sites are located along eight lakes within the Sylvania Wilderness. Camping is allowed only at designated sites.

Campsites are primitive, but each is equipped with a campfire ring and a wilderness latrine.

Booking Window
Sun Apr 27 2014 - Thu Oct 23 2014

Reservations must be made 4 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Peak Thu May 15 2014 Tue Sep 30 2014
Walk In Wed Oct 01 2014 Wed Dec 31 2014
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Beach Access
  • Berry Picking
  • Boat-In Sites
  • Boating
  • Campfire Rings
  • Canoeing
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Drinking Water (Hand Pump)
  • Educational Programs
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Lake Access
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Pit Toilets
  • Showers
  • Snowshoeing
  • Swimming
  • Trash Collection
  • Visitor Center
Fees and Cancellation Policies

Fees and Cancellation

Fee Information
Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
Visa Mastercard Amex Discover UnionPay JCB

Changes and Cancellations
A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy


Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Peak Season
May 15 2014 -
Sep 30 2014
TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC $10.00
Walk In Season
Oct 01 2014 -
Dec 31 2014
TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC $0.00-$10.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
Getting There
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
46.24472, -89.31056
46°14'41"N, 89°18'38"W

Wilderness campsites can be accessed from Sylvania Recreation Area or from entry points on the perimeter of the wilderness (see map).

To reach Sylvania Entrance Station and Recreation Area: From Watersmeet, travel approximately 4 miles west on U.S. 2 to County Road 535, then drive south on CR 535 approximately 4 miles south to the Sylvania Recreation Area.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

SYLVANIA WILDERNESS BCTRY CAMP
RANGER DST E24036 OLD U.S 2
WATERSMEET MI 49969

Phone Number:

Information: (906)358-4724
Additional Information
Special Events

The events listed here are not intended to be an all inclusive list. Please contact the park for further details.

  • 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Wilderness Act
    Clark Lake Day Use Building. Please call the Ottawa Visitor Center at 906-358-4724 for complete event details. on Jul 26 2014